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448,000 households in Chiba without power

Jiji Press CHIBA (Jiji Press) — Damage from Typhoon No. 15 to the agriculture and forestry industries in Chiba Prefecture has reached at least ¥12.6 billion, prefectural government officials said Wednesday.

Typhoon No. 15, which slammed into the vicinity of Chiba, the prefecture’s capital, early Monday morning, is one of the biggest typhoons to have landed in the Kanto region.

According to the officials, damage from the latest typhoon is believed to far exceed the record ¥4.6 billion in harm caused to the prefecture’s agriculture, forestry and fishing industries by two typhoons in October 2017. The damage from the latest typhoon is seen expanding further, the officials said.

Meanwhile, many people remain affected by prolonged blackouts.

According to Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., some 448,000 households in Chiba were still without power.

Electricity is unlikely to be fully restored within the day, the power company said.

According to the prefectural government, about 21,000 households are without water, and some 1,200 people remain evacuated.

In a public hall designated as an evacuation shelter in Ichihara, some children are going to school from the facility.

According to East Japan Railway Co., or JR East, train services will remain halted partially on the Uchibo Line and entirely on the Kururi Line throughout Wednesday.

TEPCO said it is unclear when the two transmission towers that collapsed in Kimitsu due to the typhoon will be repaired.

But this will not affect electricity restoration work in the prefecture because the company can bypass the towers to transmit power, TEPCO added. Up to 930,000 households in Tokyo and six other prefectures suffered power outages due to the typhoon. Of them, 100,000 households were apparently hit by blackouts caused by the collapse of the towers, according to TEPCO.

The central government is “making all-out efforts with TEPCO to restore electricity as soon as possible by dispatching Self-Defense Forces and industry ministry personnel and beefing up collaboration with local governments,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference.

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